XL Hybrids was recognized with the eQVM status by meeting the high standards for design, manufacturing, and quality controls for upfitting new Ford vans and trucks.
Ford, with its top-selling half-ton truck for any make and model, was chosen as the first OEM based on XL Hybrids’ order commitments from major fleet customers. The XLP Fleet-Ready™ technology is the industry’s first ship-thru upfit on pickup trucks from a leading OEM.
This multiyear contract allows public fleets nationwide to purchase the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System as both an upfit and a retrofit product through an established public contracting mechanism with competitive volume pricing.
“Expanding our offering to include plug-in solutions is the next step in our plan to electrify fleet vehicles with technology that saves money while reducing oil consumption and emissions,” said Tod Hynes, founder and chief executive officer of XL Hybrids.
The F-59 platform, with payloads exceeding 15,000 pounds, is ideal for food, linen and package delivery fleets. The XL3 hybrid system is installed on F-59 trucks in less than six hours.
The results from the hybrid-electric ambulances have exceeded the City’s expectations. With this recent success, the City is ordering up to 10 more vehicles this year, including Ford Transit vans equipped with XL Hybrids systems for the Seattle Department of Public Utilities.
The new Ford E-450 mini buses up-fitted with XL3 hybrid drive systems are welcome additions to BRTA’s current hybrid fleet including support sedans and sport utility vehicles as well as 35-ft heavy duty fixed route buses.
“After careful evaluation, one of the technologies we chose was XL Hybrids because it’s virtually transparent to our fleet operations. There are minimal maintenance requirements, no range limitations and no special fueling infrastructure. For this reason, the County is ordering an additional four vans this year.”
The 25 hybrid electric vans are being used at various Montgomery County departments, including passenger service, law enforcement, facilities maintenance, as well as for plumbers, electricians and road safety crews.
"The award demonstrates the DOE’s understanding that the XL3 product has the potential for significantly increasing the market penetration of electrified solutions into the commercial vehicle sector.”